NAD CS1 Network Streamer Announced
The NAD CS1 is pitched as being an affordable hi-res music streamer featuring audiophile-grade components and performance.
NAD's CS1 streaming endpoint offers an easy and inexpensive way to add hi-res streaming to your existing hi-fi set-up. Moreover, NAD says that its new component features “audiophile-grade” tech, such as an advanced differential digital section based on Texas Instruments' PCM5141 DAC. The Canadian hi-fi brand states this design is “known for its extremely low noise, excellent dynamic performance, and immunity to clock jitter”. Additionally, it also has full MQA rendering and decoding capability.
The CS1 is a change from many of NAD's streamers based around the BluOS multi-room streaming platform from sister brand Bluesound as it works using Roon up to 24-bit/192kHz, Google Cast, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect. The upshot is that you don't have to install a dedicated app to use the CS1; you can control playback with the music apps you already use.
The NAD CS1 offers Wi-Fi or hardwired Ethernet connectivity with DNLA certification expected when the unit goes on sale, which will allow playback of networked music files. There is also Bluetooth 5.0 on board when needed.
Output is via RCA to your stereo amplifier or powered speakers, with the CS1 also offering optical and coaxial outputs for external DACs or as alternative means of hooking up to amps and powered speakers with digital inputs.
The NAD CS1 will be available in March with an RRP of $349 USD.
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